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Tree Removal in Westchester County

Look no further for proper tree removal in Westchester County than Westchester Tree Life!  Our team of professionally-certified arborists can safely remove a dangerous damaged or dead tree from your property!  To receive a free estimate for tree removal call Westchester Tree Life at (914) 238-0069 or fill out an online consultation form here.

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Never attempt to remove a tree yourself.

Attempting to remove a tree by yourself can result in property damage or someone getting hurt; Westchester Tree Life’s team has attended safety training classes to safely and effectively remove your tree!

Before we remove your tree, our tree care professionals can provide you with other options (if there are any available).

What are some signs my tree needs to be removed?  

If your tree is obviously damaged or leaning, it may need to be removed to prevent injury to your family and property.  A leaning tree can fall over under the weight of a winter storm’s snow, ice and harsh winds; prevent a dangerous situation if you have a damaged or leaning tree and call Westchester Tree Life to come assess the damage today!

Has your tree contracted a tree disease?  Your tree’s malady can be contagious and harmful to other trees and plants on your property.  Removing a diseased tree is a necessary preventative measure in keeping the rest of your plants healthy.  If you are unsure whether your tree has a tree disease, or have a question, reach out to Westchester Tree Life using our online form here.

What if my tree has broken branches?

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Broken tree branches become lethal during destructive storms, especially during winter.  If you have a broken tree branch, call Westchester Tree Life immediately.

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Strong winds can push the branch, weakening it further before it falls onto your roof, car, blocks a road or harms a person.

Winter Tree Preparation

Are your trees ready for winter?  Double-check with Westchester Tree Life’s Winter Tree Preparation guide!  If you are unsure how to prepare your trees for winter, our tree care professionals will be happy to assist you!

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Let Westchester Tree Life’s tree care professionals help!

Clean & Clear

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Hazardous tree? Westchester Tree Life can remove it!

Clean and clear your property of any damaged trees which could become hazardous during a harsh winter storm.  Westchester Tree Life is certified in the professional removal of any dead and dangerous trees.  Clear your yard of any fallen leaves and debris, as well.

Prep Work

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Prepare your trees for Westchester County’s cold New England winter by completing your annual fertilizing and mulching.  Unsure how to do this?  Let us help!  Call (914) 238-0069.  

Cabling Trees

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Cabling trees ensures that weak limbs are braced for the weight of winter’s snow and harsh winds.

Water Your Evergreens

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To prepare your beautiful Evergreen trees for Westchester County’s winter, take care to water them!

Inspect Your Trees

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Lastly, inspect all of your trees for invasive insects or diseases.  Our team of professional arborists can assist you in creating the ideal Plant Health Care Management plan for your trees, if they are infested or diseased.  Call Westchester Tree Life here:  (914) 238-0069

Drought Stress and Watering

During a drought, your trees need special attention.  The trees in your yard are probably used to a regular water source.

Tip:  If your trees are looking distressed and unhealthy, call Westchester Tree Life for a personalized Plant Health Care Plan!  

To prevent stress, you’ll need to make sure your trees still receive enough water to stay in good health.  While a healthy tree should be able to survive a drought, the stress from lack of water can lead to secondary problems such as disease and susceptibility to pests.

caring for trees during drought 2If you’re affected by drought, it’s important to monitor the soil in yard for moisture.  Check the soil around your trees regularly; if the soil is dry and crumbly at a depth of 6 to 8 inches, you should water.  Water slowly to give the soil time to absorb the water.  If you are under water use restrictions, try to gradually reduce the water you supply to trees rather than suddenly stopping the water supply.

To water your trees without waste, use a soaker hose.  Place the hose in a spiral pattern around the tree, beginning a few feet from the trunk.  Check the soil often to see when it is saturated at a depth of 6 to 8 inches before turning off the water.  Rather than water trees on a schedule, use the moisture content of the soil as your guide an only water as needed.

soaker hose for treeIf you need to conserve water and can’t water your trees as often during a drought, slowly reduce the watering time over a period of weeks.  This will allow your trees to adjust to less water.  If possible, try to give your trees an inch of water when the surrounding soil becomes dry at that 6 to 8 inch depth.

From spring through fall, trees should be watered three times a month.  You don’t need to water your trees as often as you water your tomatoes!  To further conserve water, consider using wastewater to water your trees.  Cooking water, the water dispensed while you wait for the shower to warm up, water from your rain gutters, and water from the kiddie pool can be used to keep the soil around your trees well hydrated.

Signs of drought stress include wilting, curling, and yellowing of the leaves.  if you are concerned about the health of your trees during a drought or would like specific advice about responding to a drought, give us a call and we’ll be happy to advise you!

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Westchester Tree Life: Tree Care in Westchester County

Westchester Tree Life, Inc., has been providing quality affordable tree care in Westchester County since 1985 and boasts an extremely satisfied clientele. We feel that it is our knowledgeable, experienced staff that sets us above the competition. Licensed and certified arborists, as well as members of the Tree Care Industry of America, International Society of Arboriculture, and New York State Arborists, are what make our staff one in which you can place your utmost trust and confidence in.

Voted the Best Tree Care in Westcheter County, NY by Westchester Magazine!

Voted the Best Tree Care in Westcheter County, NY by Westchester Magazine!

We support our employees to continue to learn, grow and excel in their work through workshops and seminars which allows us to stay on the cutting edge of the tree care industry. It is because of our dedication to the tree care industry, hard work and natural love of trees that our business continues to flourish.

Westchester Tree Life are also proud members of the International Society of Arboriculture!

Westchester Tree Life are also proud members of the International Society of Arboriculture!

We are committed to…

  • Providing our customers with the highest quality tree care possible, using the most efficient environmentally friendly methods available, all the while adhering to strict safety standards.
  • Completing each job on time, for the quoted price, while exceeding our clients’ expectations.
  • Staying on the forefront of our industry, and always striving for excellence in Professional tree care.
  • Ensuring the safety of our staff with an ongoing comprehensive safety program.

Westchester Tree Life is proud to participate in assisting and volunteering in the community and charities. The following are Westchester Tree Life’s most recent volunteer projects:

 

Tree Care in Westchester County

A Guide to Tree Care in Westchester County

When you buy your first home, you may be so focused on the house itself that you don’t give much thought to the trees on your property.  Even if you quickly find a landscaper to cut the grass, mulch beds, and keep hedges looking tidy, odds are you won’t think about your trees until one of them has a problem.  Westchester Tree Life has all of the skills and services needed to care for every tree on your property.

Many of the services offered by Westchester Tree Life are probably obvious to most homeowners.  Yes, we prune trees and remove trees that are dead or pose a falling danger.  We grind stumps once a tree has been removed and can advise you on how to deal with tree pests and disease.  However, we can also help with issues such as tick control and prevention of damage from your local deer.  We are experts at cabling trees — installing steel cables to support the tree, reduce strain, and help prevent damage during storms.

cabling treesBeyond dealing with major tree issues, Westchester Tree Life offers a variety of services to keep your property looking its best.  You can count on us for species selection advice, planting, landscaping, organic fertilization, insect spraying, land clearing, wood chipping, managing the health of all of your plants in addition to trees.  Westchester Tree Life provides tree care in Chappaqua, New York, tree care in Rye, New York, tree care in Armonk, New York and tree care in the rest of Westchester County!

deer preventionWhether you have a large tree in need of pruning or a set of bushes being devoured by deer, Westchester Tree Life can help!  Give us a call to request a consultation to learn more about what we can do to keep all of the plants on your property in excellent health and condition.

 

Summer Pruning

Summer pruning is a great task to add to your to-do list!  Pruning trees and shrubs is often necessary to keep these plants healthy and looking their best.  There are a few times during the year when pruning is effective, but for now we will focus on summer pruning.

summer pruningSummer pruning is the ideal way to slow and direct the growth of your trees and shrubs.  During summer, these types of plants rely on leaves to absorb sunlight and make nutrients; pruning reduces the overal number of leaves and therefore causes an overall slow down in growth.  This is a particularly effective way to keep decorative shrubs in good shape and looking their best.  Shaggy, overgrown hedges and bushes that receive a summer pruning make all of your landscaping look tidy and well manicured.

summer pruning 3There are also good reasons to prune trees in summer.  The weight of the leaves helps identify weak branches.  Branches with dead leaves stand out and are easy to identify for pruning.  This is also a good time to look for defective branches to prune as well.

summer pruning 2Keep in mind that pruning can be a dangerous task.  Branches that are higher in the tree or too thick to easily cut should be left to the care of a professional.

 

Crown to Root Inspection

We often talk about the importance of having trees inspected by a qualified arborist in order to maintain their health and safety.  But what does this inspection involved, and what does the arborist look for?  A comprehensive tree inspection means carefully examining the state of the tree from the crown all the way down to the roots.  Today, we’ll discuss what an arborist looks for and evaluates during this crucial inspection.

Let’s start with the crown, or canopy, of the tree.  First, the arborist will assess the overall vigor of the tree.  Does the tree look like it is growing well, healthy, and free of stress factors?  Or, does the tree appear weak and seem to be growing more slowly than expected?  Additionally, the size and color of the foliage are indicators of the tree’s health.  Areas of the tree with dead or discolored foliage may be cause for concern.  The arborist will also assess the crown of the tree for pests, damage, and common problems associated with that particular species of tree.  A close assessment of the crown will also evaluate the health and condition of the branches, looking for dead, cracked, or broken limbs.

root crown tree inspection 1After a close inspection of the crown, the arborist will move on to an inspection of the trunk of the tree.  The trunk can tell us a lot about the overall health of the specimen.  The appearance of the bark will be examined for color and texture and any areas of dead or missing bark will be noted.  The arborist will also look for cracks, damage, decay, mushroom and other fungal growth, oozing sap, galls, and cavities.  Any lean to the the trunk is an important characteristic as it could indicate a risk of falling during extreme weather.

Finally, the arborist will inspect the root crown and roots of the tree.  This may require a small amount of digging or removal of  debris from around the base of the tree.  Again, signs of pests, fungal growth, and damage will be noted.  Additionally, the arborist will assess the condition of the soil around the roots to make sure it isn’t too weak to securely anchor the tree.  Any cracking or lifting of the soil, which indicate shifting of the tree in high wind, will also be taken into account.

root crown tree inspection 3Once the arborist has a complete picture of the overall health and status of the tree, he or she can give you an accurate idea of any risk factors associated with the tree.  How likely is it to fall or drop large limbs?  Is it at risk from disease or pests and does it need to be pruned or otherwise serviced?  Should it be removed?  A root to crown inspection will answer all of these questions and help guide you on the needs of your trees, including what you can expect down the road!

 

Tree Removal

Sometimes, it becomes necessary to remove a tree from your property.  The tree may be damaged or diseased to the point where it can’t be treated and won’t recover.  A tree in this condition poses a risk to your property and can even be dangerous.  The last thing you want is for someone to be hurt by a falling tree.

Removing a tree can be a dangerous undertaking.  You should always turn to a professional when the tree in question is damaged by insects or disease, is near power lines, or is more than 20 feet tall.

Tree RemovalAdditionally, some communities have tree removal legislation in place.  This legislation is designed to protect healthy heritage trees or maintain the number of trees in an urban area.  For example, when a tree is removed, some areas require that another tree be planted to make up for the loss.  Navigating these regulations can be tricky, but a professional arborist will be familiar with area policies and can advise you best on how to proceed.

Westchester Tree Life 2Once you schedule the removal of a tree, a professional crew will typically remove large limbs first, feeding them through a chipper to create mulch.  Next, the trunk of the tree is cut into sections which are hauled away.  The stump is typically left as close to the ground as possible and can be ground for complete removal.

Tree StumpAt Westchester Tree Life, we take great care to plan for the safety of our crew and your property.  Our expert tree removal specialists carefully assess each situation in order to remove a tree with minimal impact on the surrounding vegetation and without risk to nearby structures and power lines.  If you have a tree on your property that you suspect is in need of removal, give us a call!

Tree Maintenance and Storm Safety

Summertime brings sunny days and warm nights, but it can also bring dramatic thunderstorms and, depending on where you live, hurricanes or tornadoes.  Once the season passes and fall turns to winter, weather threats include gusts of wind heavy snow and thick layers of ice.  All of these things can have an impact on the trees on your property.

Tree Maintenance Storm DamageSummer is the easiest time of year to inspect your trees and have them pruned or otherwise maintained.  Keeping your trees healthy and strong is the best way to prevent damage during severe weather.  A weak tree is subject to dropping heavy limbs or falling onto your home, power lines, car, or even a person.  You can minimize the risk to your property by taking a proactive approach to tree care.  The key is knowing what to look for and when to consult a professional.

Tree Maintenance Storm Damage 3If you have a lot of large trees on your property, investing in an inspection from a professional arborist is the most effective way to head off problems before they lead to expensive and potentially dangerous problems.  An inspection will reveal signs of decay or insect damage you may not know to look for on your own.  Professional inspection will reveal where your trees need to pruned, how their growth may affect other structures on your property in the coming years, and whether or not you may need to consider removing any trees or large limbs.

Westchester-Tree-Life-Armonk-NYOnce you’ve had an inspection and taken care of any issues with your trees, you can help to maintain the health of the trees by careful observation.  Knowing the warning signs and what to look for will allow you to stay on top of future risks.  If you see any of these symptoms in your trees, you definitely need to consult a professional to minimize the risk posed by these issues.

1.  Significant leaning of the tree to one side.

2.  Cracks in the truck of the tree or major limbs.

3.  Mushrooms or other fungus growing from the bark of the tree.

Tree Maintenance Storm Damage 24.  Tree branches hanging over the roof of your home.

5.  Limbs or branches that are very close to or hanging over power lines.

6.  Any signs of decay or hollowing of the tree.

It’s also a good idea to recheck your trees after each major storm to check for any beginning signs of damage that could escalate during the next big weather event.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule an inspection, give us a call!

 

Why Hire an Arborist?

Why hire an arborist?  Westchester County, New York’s tree care professionals at Westchester Tree Life are professionally trained to properly care for your trees.  Our team of arborists are properly trained to safely remove trees, provide an excellent plant health care plan and more!  Have a question about the safety and care about your trees in Westchester, New York?  Call Westchester Tree Life today:  (914) 238-0069.

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Many people take the trees on their property for granted.  You may not really think about your trees on a day to day basis, or really pay much attention to them from one season to the next.  While you probably enjoy their shade in the summer or the privacy your evergreens provide, having your trees cared for or inspected by an arborist may not be at the top of your list of priorities.

Like most other aspects of home ownership, trees really benefit from a proactive approach.  Caring for trees properly helps avoid catastrophe down the road.  An arborist can advise you of trees that are in danger from rot, pests, or disease before these problems result in major damage.  That beautiful tree next to the driveway will certainly get your attention if it falls on your car during a storm or drops a large limb across the power lines.  An arborist will assess the health and stability of your trees and provide you with options for keeping your trees in good shape so they are less likely to succumb to violent weather or simply give way under their own weight and the effects of disease or invading insects.

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In addition to checking the health of your trees, an arborist can safely and expertly prune your trees.  Pruning helps contain the growth of trees, keeping them looking their best while ridding the tree of weak or dead branches.  Large trees can be risky to prune without the proper equipment or experience.  Rather than put yourself and your property at risk by taking on this kind of task yourself, trust the job to a certified, reputable arborist.

An arborist can also be an invaluable asset in planning your landscaping.  For the general homeowner, knowing which species of tree to plant and where to plan them can be a daunting task.  If your goal is to cut your heating or cooling costs, to have flowering trees throughout the season, to maintain privacy, or to enjoy fall colors, an arborist will be able to look at your property and help you choose the best trees to suit your needs.  In addition, an arborist will oversee the correct planting and placement of trees while also instructing you on their care and maintenance.

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Sometimes, a tree on your property can interfere with structures or foundations.  This is another reason why an arborist is a good resource for planning what and where to plant.  If you find yourself with a tree whose roots are damaging your driveway or some other such issue, you may need to have the tree removed.  An arborist is ideal to consult for this task!  In addition to removing the tree, an arborist can assist you in choosing a more suitable replacement.

The trees on your property do much more than simply look pretty.  They provide shade and privacy for you and shelter for local wildlife.  Trees increase your property value and make your yard a more welcoming place to spend time.  Protecting and caring for the trees in your yard prevents larger, more expensive problems down the road and helps to maintain the value of your property.

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